Sunday, May 28, 2006

The Past 2+ weeks

What have we done in the past 2+ weeks? Here is a partial list (in no particular order):
  • I helped save the internet by writing to my representatives in Congress urging them to help preserve net neutrality.
  • Adria's friend Karina came over for a birthday lunch. After lunch we showed Karina the llamas that live behind us and gave the llamas carrots. Unfortunately, we forgot to take pictures this time.
  • Adria and I substitute taught a lesson for the 15 year-old class in church. The lesson was about Ruth, Naomi and Hannah.
  • I received my offical offer letter from the Postal Service. I felt a lot better after having the letter as know I have a written agreement instead of just a verbal one.
  • We purchased plane tickets for Adria to fly to Washington D.C. As part of the training that I will have with the Postal Service, I will be spending two weeks in Washington D.C. in July. She will be free to go around to the different muesums and touristy things that there are in our nation's capital
  • We enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend by using one of our free movie passes that Adria's brother Adam gave us for Christmas and saw X-Men 3. We also went up to see Adria's parents over on Sunday.
  • On Memorial Day, Adria and I went to Schreiner's Iris Gardens just north of Keizer. They have some very nice display gardens that we walked around and admired the flowers. They also had a jazz band to help celebrate Memorial Day. Below are some pictures that we took while at Schreiner's (click on the pictures for a larger image):

This is a picture of Adria with a giant Teddy Bear that was at the display gardens

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Addendums, Corrections and Copters

In the last post made some comments that either require an addendum or a correction.

I mentioned that I didn't participate in Adria's CERT practice disaster event because I don't like blood. What I forgot to mention was that the next night Adria and I went to a performance of Julius Caesar that the nearby high school put-on. The play was much bloodier than I remember it being from the reading that we did in a class during my sophomore year in high school. Adria had spent the last couple of weeks treating fake blood as if it had been real blood to prepare for the practice disaster, as such seeing Julius Caesar brutally cut down in the prime of his life was disturbing, so we left during the intermission. I had wanted to see how the ghost was portrayed as I had that role during my class' reading (my costume: a white sheet). Our take on the production was that Julius Caesar was played very well, as was Marc Antony (his "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech was well done, although I kept of thinking of the movie "The Saint" where a Russian oil baron starts all of his press conferences with the words "Friends, Countrymen, Russians!!!!"). We didn't particulary care for Brutus, or any of the fates, or any of the wives and were split on Cassius.

Correction: I said that we saw a life flight copter fly by while we were on our walk. My father says that it was a Coast Guard search and resuce copter. However we did see a Life Flight copter on Monday night at the Fire Station/Public Works Open House. Here is a movie of it landing (again, you may need to look at the on-line version of the blog to see the movie if you are viewing this via e-mail)

The open house was interesting. Many of the public works organizations had booths. My favorite booth had a demonstration of why you shouldn't touch a car when a power line has fallen on it. They had a small "power line" that had fallen on a car, and had a plastic toy come up and touch the car and the electricity had an arc about an inch long that went from the car to the plastic toy. If I had known it was going to be that exciting I would have going that on camera too.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Beach, B-Days, and yada yada yada

Since last we have blogged some interesting things have happened. Adria finished her emergency response class. The program is called Community Emergency Response Team training or CERT for short. She tied for the highest score in her class on the written final exam. Her team also did well on their emergency simulation. Adria had wanted me to be a victim, but hearing her talk about how real the fake blood was made me kind of queasy, and I failed to acquiesce to those wishes. They had their graduation ceremony at a local pizza parlor on Thursday. Adria enjoyed learning about what you would need to do in a disaster and how to best prepare for one. She has also enjoyed her association with her team members. Below is a picture of her graduation certificate and a team photo.

We also went to a Cinco De Mayo party that one of her CERT team members threw. We arrived at the party kind of late because there was also a Cinco De Mayo party at church. Most of the good food at the party was gone because we arrived so late, but our host Oscar rounded up some chicken tamales, plus there was plenty of cake remaining for us to eat.

This past weekend we went to Lincoln City and spent time with Garth's parents and brother Jeff. Also while we were at the beach we celebrated Adria's birthday and Mother's Day. We went out for a nice breakfast on Saturday and then we went on a walk on the beach. We found some interesting rocks to look at while we were on our beach walk.

I liked this rock because it looked like a skull. It also is reminiscient of the dubloon from the Goonies.

We also found a crab shell on the beach.

While walking on the beach we also saw a couple of planes/helicopters fly above us, including one that looked like the copter that James Bond flew in You Only Live Twice (minus the rockets, aerial mines, machine guns, and flame throwers of course). Below is a video of a life-flight copter that flew over us while on our walk (it might not come through on the e-mail version of the blog, but it is there on the on-line version of the blog)

Also while we were at the beach we visited the Connie Hansen Garden. The garden was in full bloom and Adria and I had a pleasant time walking around looking at the flowers. Below are some pictures that we took while in the garden.

We had a very nice time at the beach visiting with my parents and Jeff. Also we got to watch 2 episodes of Jeeves and Wooster on DVD. Jeeves and Wooster for those who don't know is a delightful show based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse that details the adventures of Bertram Wooster and his gentleman's gentleman Reginald Jeeves. Adria is beginning to understand why I enjoy this show so much. Both episodes had Sir Roderick Spode prominently involved which was a major plus.